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Michael Klein (footballer, born 1959)

Michael Klein (10 October 1959 – 2 February 1993) was a Romanian footballer who played as a left back.[2] He most prominently played for Bayer Uerdingen in the German Bundesliga championship. Klein made 90 appearances for the Romanian national team, scoring five times. He was selected to represent Romania at both the Euro 84 and 1990 FIFA World Cup tournaments.

Michael Klein
Michael Klein 1990.jpg
Klein in 1990
Personal information
Date of birth (1959-10-10)10 October 1959
Place of birth Amnaş, Romania
Date of death 2 February 1993(1993-02-02) (aged 33)
Place of death Krefeld, Germany
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Left back
Youth career
1973–1977 Corvinul Hunedoara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1988 Corvinul Hunedoara 313 (37)
1978–1979Aurul Brad (loan)
1988–1990 Dinamo Bucureşti 40 (2)
1990–1993 Bayer Uerdingen 61 (0)
Total 414 (39)
National team
1981–1991[1] Romania 90 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Klein played for Romanian clubs Corvinul Hunedoara and Dinamo Bucureşti before he moved abroad to play for German club Bayer Uerdingen in 1990. When Uerdingen were relegated following Klein's first season at the club, he followed them to the lower 2. Bundesliga division. Klein helped the team win promotion in 1992, and he played his last Bundesliga game for Uerdingen in December 1992. He died of a heart attack during a training session on 2 February, at the age of 33.


Corvinul Hunedoara
Dinamo Bucureşti
Bayer Uerdingen


  1. ^ "Michael Klein - International Appearances". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.
  2. ^ "Michael Klein". Retrieved 4 March 2012.

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